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King of the Gold Coast: Cap'n Streeter, the Millionaires and the Story of Lake Shore Drive
by Wayne Klatt
Chicago's breathtaking Lake Shore Drive, with its beaches and luxury homes, has its origin in a neglected marsh and a clandestine land development. Meet the uncrowned king of the disputed shore, George Wellington Streeter, the outlandish swindler, unlikely hero and self-proclaimed founder of the Gold Coast who tried to secede from the state of Illinois. Opposing him was ...more
Paperback, 158 pages
Published July 22nd 2011 by History Press (SC)
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A fascinating story! I love Chicago history and was really excited to read this! Cap'n Streeter is indeed one of the strangest characters in the city's history. I must admit, though, I found the writing and organization to be a bit lacking and confusing. With a cast of characters as huge as is necessary for this tale, it was far too easy to forget who is who. Additionally, at one point, it just seemed like "then he shot more people. then he shot more people. then he shot more people. then he ...more